“Church making is heart-breaking; Church mending is never-ending”. So said R.C Chapman the “apostle of love” who in the nineteenth century was based in Barnstaple in Devon. The phrase expresses the heart of a true pastor-shepherd of the flock of God. If there is no care there will be no heart longing for the people of God. And if you have no heart longing then you will not experience the heart-break. Moreover, if there is no care then you are disqualified from being a shepherd of God’s flock.
And as we think of this theme do we not enter into the experience of the Great Shepherd, our Lord Jesus? He is the eternally caring One who ever yearns for the well-being of His church. He did everything to bring salvation to His flock and now he works to perfect His people for His glory.
(Originally published at Venabling on 21st March 2014).